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Lee County Sued Over "Unconstitutional" Strip Search

Jul 7, 2016
Lee County Sheriff's Office

A lawsuit filed by a former southeast Iowa police chief claims Lee County violated his constitutional rights by subjecting him to a strip search after his arrest in May 2015.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) reported Wednesday that the suspect in the robbery of a Fort Madison bank was shot and killed by officers as he tried to escape.

The city of Keokuk filed a lawsuit Wednesday afternoon, seeking to maintain emergency dispatch services despite not signing an agreement to remain a member of the county’s 911 center. The lawsuit also asks the court to not tax Keokuk residents for a service they might not be able to use.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk remains adamant it will not sign the proposed agreement to extend the countywide emergency dispatch center (LeeComm). But, it is confident that action taken Thursday night will show the other members of the dispatch center that Keokuk wants to remain a member.

LeeComm Director Speaks Out Against Criticism

Apr 20, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Diana Fincher-Smith took over as the director of LeeComm in 2012. She said during the past four years, she has tried to create an atmosphere of fairness and equality for the people working at Lee County's centralized emergency dispatch center.

Lee County Sheriff's Office

A judge has dropped one of the two felony charges filed against the head of the Green Bay Levee and Drainage District in southeast Iowa. District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson said this month that the statute of limitations had expired on the charge of Theft in the First Degree against Mike Pieper.

AMJET Shows Off 1st Hydroelectric Turbine

Dec 8, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Paul Roos has been working for years to get his company off the ground in Keokuk. It now appears his efforts are paying off because AMJET Turbine Systems has nearly completed construction of its first hydro-electric turbine.

Lee County Banks and Insurance Companies to Merge

Oct 26, 2015

The merger of two banks and two insurance companies in southeast Iowa could be completed by late 2016. Matt Morris, President/CEO of Fort Madison Bank & Trust, said the move will be good for the region.

Taxpayers on Hook for Lee County Defense

Sep 14, 2015

It appears Lee County taxpayers will be on the hook for about 25% of the legal fees resulting from the defense of three county supervisors against a recent lawsuit.  The supervisors were accused by several Keokuk residents of violating Iowa's Open  Meetings Act multiple times.

Promoting Open Government through Lee County Forums

Sep 4, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Mary Van Pelt of Montrose and Al Nelson of Keokuk are regulars at the weekly Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings. They were on opposite sides of the debate over the idea of having a single county seat, but that appears to be behind them as they came together to host a pair of "taxpayer forums" that they both are calling a success.

Former County Supervisor Considering Legal Action

Aug 27, 2015

A former member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors -- who was accused of participating in illegal secret meetings when he served on the board -- wants the county to recoup the money spent in his defense following the dismissal of a lawsuit against him. Ernie Schiller said the actions of the people who filed the lawsuit will end up costing taxpayers money at a time when the county budget is tight.

Lee County "Secret Meeting" Lawsuit Dropped

Aug 11, 2015
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Several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are no longer being sued  for allegedly violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

Drug Courts Remain Open in Southeast Iowa

Jul 6, 2015

The Eighth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services announced in late June that it would be canceling a series of employee contracts connected to the drug courts in Fort Madison and Ottumwa to help close a roughly $265,000 budget shortfall.

But on July 2, Lee County's weekly Drug Court looked no different than it had during any previous session.

Lee County Chair Wants Complaints Sent Elsewhere

Jun 26, 2015
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Chairman Ron Fedler used this week's Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the message to county residents that the Board is not responsible for every decision in county government.

Future of Lee County's Emergency Dispatch Center Debated

Jun 23, 2015
Jasonn Parrott

Some big questions must be answered about the future of Lee County's combined emergency dispatch center. The agreement that created LeeComm expires next summer and there are concerns it will not be renewed.

Keokuk Driver's License Bureau Opens

Jun 8, 2015

Residents of south Lee County now have a much shorter drive to make to renew their driver's licenses.  County Treasurer Chris Spann has reopened the driver's license bureau in the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Lee County Likely on the Hook for Sewer Project

Jun 5, 2015

Lee County paid nearly $50,000 last year to upgrade the sanitary sewer system in the unincorporated community of Argyle. The county was hopeful the money could be recouped through a lawsuit, but it doesn't appear that will be happening.

Donnellson Police Chief Resigns After Arrest

May 22, 2015
Lee County Sheriff's Office

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is expected to assume control of law enforcement duties in Donnellson following the resignation of the city's police chief. William Sackett stepped down two days after being arrested for domestic violence.

Jason Parrott

The head of Iowa's economic development agency said she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and the people who are overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County that recently issued layoffs.

Iowa Fertilizer Company Added to Dust Lawsuit

Mar 19, 2015
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Iowa Fertilizer Company hopes to complete its roughly $2-billion plant near Wever in the coming months.  The ongoing construction, though, has resulted in a lawsuit against the company.

Carter Appeals Firing to IA Supreme Court Again

Feb 10, 2015

A former Lee County employee has once again asked the Iowa Supreme Court to examine his wrongful termination lawsuit.

Lee County Budget Taking Shape

Feb 4, 2015

The Lee County Board of Supervisors is already seeing emergence of a worrisome budget trend for next fiscal year.

Raises Recommended for Lee County Elected Leaders

Jan 12, 2015

Elected leaders in Lee County are now in line for significant salary increases this summer.

Hearing Set for Lee County Lawsuit

Jan 7, 2015

A hearing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 to determine where a lawsuit filed against several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors will be heard.

Driver's License Bureau Could Return to Keokuk

Jan 6, 2015

The most controversial aspect of the reorganization of four Lee County departments in mid-2011 could soon be reversed.

Security Issues Identified at Lee County Buildings

Oct 23, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided Lee County with a lengthy checklist for security improvements at five of its buildings.

Lee County Hiring Security Guards, ParaLegal

Sep 23, 2014
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Lee County is putting out the help wanted sign.

Three Lee County Supervisors Face Lawsuit

Sep 15, 2014

Three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are accused of violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

Lee County Building Assessment Possible

Aug 25, 2014

The Lee County Board of Supervisors may take a closer look at some existing county buildings before taking any action towards a controversial topic.

Chairman Ready for Lee County Seat Vote

Aug 13, 2014

The head of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is ready to move ahead with a vote on one county seat.

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